South By Southwest Kicks Off Tonight, Heavy On Hip-Hop

The music portion of the annual South By Southwest

(SXSW) music festival kicks off tonight (March 17) in Austin, Texas.

This year's music festival is heavy on Hip-Hop

music, featuring a variety of hip-hop music from across the country, including

Jean Grae, Atmosphere, M.F. Doom, Esham, N.E.R.D., Clipse, Handsome Boy Modeling

School, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock and El-P and others.

The conference will differ than those in the

past by featuring more international artists such as British import Dizzee Rascal.

Below is a listing of times and events:

Wednesday March 17, 2004

Emo's Main Room - 603 Red River St. - All Ages

Rhymesayers Showcase

12:30 a.m. Atmosphere, Minneapolis, MN

12:00 a.m. M.F. Doom, Atlanta, GA

11:30 p.m. Eyedea & Abilities, St. Paul, MN

11:00 p.m. Soul Position, Columbus, OH

10:30 p.m. Brother Ali, Minneapolis, MN

10:00 p.m. Micranots, Atlanta, Ga

9:30 p.m. Los Nativos, St. Paul, MN

9:00 p.m. Musab, Minneapolis, MN

8:30 p.m. The Opus, Chicago, IL

8:00 p.m. DeeJayBird, Chicago, IL

Thursday March 18, 2004

Back Room - 2015 E. Riverside Dr. - All Ages

Psychopathic Records Showcase

10:00 p.m. Esham, Detroit, MI

9:00 p.m. ABK, Detroit, MI

Emo's Main Room - 603 Red River St. - All Ages

Biz 3 Publicity and Vice Showcase

11:20 p.m. RJD2, Columbus, OH

10:40 p.m. Aesop Rock with El-P, New York, NY

10:00 p.m. The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Fakts One), Boston,


9:30 p.m. Jean Grae, New York, NY

9:00 p.m. Beans, New York, NY

8:30 p.m. Vast Aire, New York, NY

8:00 p.m. Diverse, Chicago, IL

Hard Rock Cafe - 222 E. 6th St.

11:00 p.m. Dirty Wormz, Austin, TX

Hole in the Wall - 2538 Guadalupe St.

12:00 a.m. Overlord, Austin, TX

Zero Degrees - 405 E. 7th St.

1:00 a.m. Josh Martinez & Sleep: The Chicharones,

Vancouver, BC

12:00 a.m. Freedom Sold, Houston, TX

11:15 p.m. Macromantics, Sydney, Australia

8:45 p.m. DJ Jester the Filipino Fist & DJ Klassen, San Antonio, TX

8:00 p.m. Killers for Hire (Cee Plus and Samplistik), Houston, TX

Friday March 19th, 2004

Zero Degrees - 405 E. 7th St.

Murder Dog Magazine/Damage Control Radio Present

1:00 a.m. O.G. Style with Darque Seed, Houston,


12:15 a.m. Ill Relatives, Baton Rouge, LA

11:30 p.m. Zin, Houston, TX

11:00 p.m. S.M.U.G.G.L.A.Z. with Bobbie Fine, Houston, TX

10:30 p.m. Mr. Cree & DJ Spinner T, Austin, TX

9:45 p.m. LRJ with Desperados, Houston, TX

9:00 p.m. Ishues, Athens, GA

8:30 p.m. Studemont Project, Houston, TX

8:00 p.m. Doc Holiday, Austin, TX

DJing between sets:

DJ Chill of Damage Control, Houston, TX

Hosted by Matt Sonzala of Murder Dog/Damage Control,

Houston, TX

Friday March 19, 2004

Aussies - 306 Barton Springs Rd. - All Ages

1:00 a.m. Akwid, Los Angeles, CA

12:00 a.m. Control Machete, Monterrey, Mexico

The Vibe - 508 E. 6th St. - All Ages

Legendary Music presents A Night With The Legends

12:45 a.m. Living Legends, Los Angeles, CA

12:30 a.m. DJ Icewater, Los Angeles, CA

12:00 a.m. The Grouch & Eligh, Los Angeles, CA

11:40 a.m. CMA, Los Angeles, CA

11:10 p.m. Mystik Journeymen, Oakland, CA

10:50 p.m. The Underbosses, Los Angeles, CA

10:30 p.m. 3 MG's. Los Angeles, CA

10:15 p.m. Bicasso, Oakland, CA

10:00 p.m. Asop, Fresno, CA

9:30 p.m. DJ Icewater, Los Angeles, CA

8:45 p.m. DJ Mum's the Word, Los Angeles, CA

8:00 p.m. DJ Massive, Austin, TX

Zero Degrees Murder Dog / Damage Control Showcase

Saturday March 20, 2004

Aussie's Murder Dog / Damage Control Showcase

(See Above)

Austin Music Hall - 208 Nueces St. - All Ages

N.E.R.D., Virginia Beach, VA - Time to be announced

Clipse, Virginia Beach

Handsome Boy Modeling School (Automator, Casual, Encore, more tba)

Club de Ville - 900 Red River St.

Buck 65, Halifax, NS - Time to be announced

The Parish - 214-B E. 6th St. - All Ages

Anticon Showcase

1:00 a.m. Themselves

11:00 p.m. Alias, Oakland, CA

10:00 p.m. Restiform Bodies, Oakland, CA

8:00 p.m. Odd Nosdam, Oakland, CA





Parties around the conference

Total Harmonic Distortion

Wed 3/17 - at Copa (217 Congress)

Free with RSVP

-BLAZE (not confirmed yet)

-Parakitachi Deejays

-Haul and Mason

-Pete Rock

Discreet Synthesis

Thur 3/18 - at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos) FREE

-Lila's Medicine (Laura Scarborough/Bill from OHN)



Beats Brand New

Fri 3/19 - at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos) FREE



Friday March 19th

Lucky Lounge, 209 A West 5th, 4 - 8 p.m.

Presented by Randall Jamail and Jan Merkin and ASCAP

Devin the Dude - Rap A Lot Records, Houston

DJ Big Wiz - Steel Workers New York

DJ Domo - Coughee Brothaz, Houston

DJ Baby Cee - Phonographerz, Houston

DJ Good Grief, KPFT Houston